Neat or straight
The glass’s shape and quality make some difference, but at the end of the day, the real business has happened in the barrel. If you don’t own a Glencairn glass, any tulip-shaped glass or Whisky tumbler is perfectly fine.
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On the rocks
This could be a refreshing drinking method if you’re trying to acclimatize yourself to Whisky, but it does degrade some of the flavors for a couple of reasons.
A useful tip on Whisky serving: Try adding big cubes or spheres to your Whisky. They melt slower, so it gets chilled but less watered down than regular ice cubes.
The best glass for Whisky on the rocks is the Whisky tumbler, otherwise known as the ‘’rocks’’ glass, the Old Fashioned glass, or lowball glass. Due to its wide rim, the tumbler isn’t ideal for nosing, but it doesn’t need to be – this one’s for filling with ice and a Whisky of your choosing, or for serving up any number of classic cocktails.
Whisky with water
Generally, a simple glass with a wide brim, ideal for nosing, is a safe bet for drinking Whisky with water. There is some preference towards tulip-shaped glasses that concentrate Whisky aroma towards your nose and are great for swirling.
Who doesn’t love a Hot Toddy on a winter’s evening? Warming Whisky up comes with some of the same problems as cooling it down; the tasting notes are at their peak at room temperature and so drastically changing this will alter or efface some of them.
To make a Hot Toddy, some people will add twists such as lemon, honey, cinnamon, or other spices such as cloves. All of these can complement the drink beautifully, but they will also go towards masking its original flavor. Regardless, the elixir beckons more convincingly than a cup of cocoa.
Glassware for warmed-up Whisky and Whisky Tea: To maximize your drinking experience, you can be as creative as you want with your glassware, but a simple glass mug will do the trick.
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For Haiball’s drinking vessel, choose the tumbler’s taller brother as it allows for plenty of ice, Spirit, and mixer. The shape doesn’t matter with the Highball but serving a Scotch and soda in a Glencairn glass wouldn’t do.